The 60 golfers qualified for the Olympic Games

The men's golf tournament at the Paris Olympics has completed its qualification process following the recent US Open, revealing a surprising absence

by Andrea Gussoni
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The 60 golfers qualified for the Olympic Games
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The men's golf tournament at the Paris Olympics has completed its qualification process following the recent US Open, revealing a surprising absence: despite his recent victory at the US Open, Bryson DeChambeau will not be competing in the Olympic event.

The field of 60 players set to compete for medals at Le Golf National from August 1-4 is now finalized and includes well-known names from the golf world.

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Since its reintroduction in 2016, golf has solidified its place in the Olympic program, attracting top players, albeit with significant limitations on participant numbers per country.

Qualification criteria stipulate that the top 15 players in the world rankings are eligible, with a maximum of four players per country. Among these, the United States features prominently with Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Whyndam Clark, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Brian Harman, Sahith Theegala, and Max Homa.

However, DeChambeau misses out due to rules prioritizing the top four from each country in the rankings. Expressing his disappointment, DeChambeau told ESPN, "I hope someday this gets resolved and I can play in the Games. I’m playing great golf, I’m excited, but am I frustrated and disappointed? Yes, absolutely I am." In addition to the top 15 in the world rankings, the Olympic Golf Ranking is used to fill remaining spots, with a limit of two players per country, provided they are not already among the top 15.

For instance, Spain has Jon Rahm qualifying via the world rankings and David Puig via the Olympic Ranking, the latter noted for his performances on the Asian Tour despite his affiliation with LIV Golf. Beyond the United States, other notable pairs set to compete in Paris include Rory McIlroy - Shane Lowry (Ireland), Tommy Fleetwood - Matt Fitzpatrick (United Kingdom), Ludvig Averg - Alex Noren (Sweden), Hideki Matsuyama - Keita Nakajima (Japan), Jason Day - Min Woo Lee (Australia), Tom Kim - Byeong Hun An (South Korea), and Nick Taylor - Corey Conners (Canada).

The Olympic golf competition promises to be an exciting event once again, with representatives from around the world vying for Olympic glory at Le Golf National this summer.

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